There are some places that are so awe-inspiring, they stay with you long after your visit. The Enchanted Valley in Washington is definitely one of these places!
Located in the Olympic National Park, the Enchantments truly live up to their name. Their overwhelming beauty is almost otherworldly and has earned the area several nicknames from visitors including Aasgard, Sprite, and Leprechaun.
If you’re in search of a hike in Washington that you’ll never forget, here is why you won’t want to skip a trip to the Enchanted Valley in Washington. Also, don’t forget to download your free copy of our Leavenworth Vacation Guide to find even more incredible local hikes and other exciting activities and attractions.
Overview of the Enchanted Valley in Washington
The Enchanted Valley in Washington is a part of the southwest quadrant of Olympic National Park and an outdoor wonderland for hikers from all over the world. During the spring, summer, and fall, visitors flock to the trails to experience jaw-dropping views of crystal lakes and glacier-worn granite cliffs while finding peace and tranquility in the beauty of nature.
The Enchanted Valley Hike
The hike to the Enchanted Valley is the perfect way to enjoy a fun-filled day hike near Leavenworth! The trail begins at the Graves Creek Trailhead and will lead you through lush temperate rainforests and deep glacial valleys.
Your adventure will start with a steady climb for approximately two miles before ascending into Pony Bridge. From here, you’ll cross over a moss-covered gorge and the Quinault River, both of which provide picture-perfect photo opportunities.
After another 6.7-miles, you’ll encounter O’Neil Creek followed by a steep climb to No Name Creek, which is located approximately eight miles into the hike. You’ll enjoy more dense forests and vast meadows as you make your way to the Quinault River Bridge. The bridge does tend to get a bit slick, so be sure you hold onto the single handrail as you cross.
The end of the bridge serves as the gateway into the Enchanted Valley, so have your cameras ready as this point! Once you enter the Enchanted Valley, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular scenery complete with waterfalls, glaciers, and the Enchanted Valley Chalet, which was closed in 2014 due to erosion from the river.
Feel free to explore and stop to take photos as you explore the valley! It truly is a one-of-a-kind experience that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Experience the Beauty of the Cascades During Your Stay at Pine River Ranch
After a long day of hiking, reward yourself with a relaxing evening at Pine River Ranch! Our gorgeous inn and wedding venue is a favorite for couples traveling to Leavenworth and provides everything you need for a comfortable and memorable stay.
You’ll also enjoy convenience to the Bavarian-inspired village of Leavenworth and our area’s top attractions and activities. What more could you possibly need?
Check our availability and book your next getaway to Washington with us today! We look forward to seeing you in Leavenworth soon.